In case you missed it: Marcus Smith lands with the Seahawks
Former Eagles defensive end found himself a new team on Friday after being released earlier in the week.
It didn’t take long for former Philadelphia Eagles defensive end, Marcus Smith to find a new team to play for. The former first round pick was informed that he would be released on Wednesday when veterans reported to training camp.
Although Smith is still fairly young and on his rookie contract, it wasn’t much of a surprise when the news came out that he would be cut. Just like any other young veteran, Smith will get his second chance in a new uniform. It was announced that he would be signing with the Seattle Seahawks on Friday morning.
Smith was drafted in 2014 with the 26th overall pick out of Louisville University. Although he was coming off of a decent senior season, the Philadelphia fan base was confused when Smith was the 2014 first round selection. In his final college season, he was named first-team All AAC and was the AAC defensive player of the year. Originally projected as a second or third round selection, Smith was expected to come to Philadelphia and make plays right away.
Things didn’t go as planned…
Marcus Smith would not go on to be considered a fan favorite in Philadelphia. As soon as the Eagles made him a first round pick, the pressure was on from the jump. Over the course of three seasons, Smith played in 37 total games. He never started in a single game. He managed to record only four sacks and 23 tackles in his time with the Eagles. As he headed into the final season of his rookie contract, the fan base was ready to write him off as a bust.
It wasn’t a matter of if Smith gets cut from the Eagles, it was a matter of when. When the 2017 voluntary mini-camp’s took place, Smith was one of the few players who were absent. There were rumors going around that he would be demanding a release from the Eagles and the team made eventually made it happen. Now Smith gets to go from the Number 2 ranked offense line to Number 1 according to PFF.